A Short Story to Reflect upon as the Holidays Pass

Here is a story about a pregnant couple taking a vacation from London to the Scottish countryside. It’s called Light of Other Days, and was written by the late science fiction author Bob Shaw.

You need not be a sci-fi fan because, as with all good sci-fi, it deals with human issues. Shaw crafted an elegant 3,000 word piece that was later developed into a book, Other Days, Other Eyes. The book takes a broader look at some of the social implications of the ideas raised in the short story.

I’m going to chance this blog posting, wagering that the story is worth my recommendation that you take 10 to 15 minutes out of your hectic dot-com Christmas shopping schedule to read and reflect. Let me know if you end up feeling the same.

Light of Other Days by Bob Shaw (full text online)

Afterward, read this Charlotte Observer newspaper article, If only we could see our children through slow glass, which contemplates Shaw’s story, human memory and how we cherish our kids.

And as long as we’re taking a quiet break from Christmas shopping, here’s one more story I’ve had tucked away a long while. It is titled Old Friends, and was written by Phil from A Family Runs Through It. The blog posting begins with a priceless photo from 1972 showing Phil and his best friends, and ends with reflections about the simplicity of his childhood, a simplicity that may not be possible for today’s kids.


3 Responses to “A Short Story to Reflect upon as the Holidays Pass”

  1. John says:

    I’ve never heard of slow glass before now. Thank you for posting that. I have to wonder how the love for his family that the couple saw affected them.

    December 15th, 2006 at 5:26 pm

  2. STL Mom says:

    Thanks for the link to “Light of Other Days.” It’s a lovely story. The article from the Charlotte Observer was a nice addition.
    I just re-read “Miracle and other Christmas Stories” by Connie Willis, a science fiction author. My favorite is a story about a father and daughter who find comfort in books when they are separated at Christmas time. It references “A Little Princess” and “A Christmas Carol”, and I can’t imagine a parent reading it with dry eyes.

    December 16th, 2006 at 7:10 pm

  3. lisa says:

    Thank you for the link to that story. I’m a new mom–my daughter is 8 weeks old–and I’m already beside myself with how fast these few weeks have gone by. I already miss that little newborn. I think maybe we never appriciate how precious time is until we become parents.

    December 16th, 2006 at 10:14 pm

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